Adobe Framemaker 9 silent uninstall?

I was able to get this package to install silently from the instructions on the Adobe website, but I can't figure out how to get it to uninstall silently. Trying to use msiexec to take off the components one by one doesn't work because they all cause a "you must use Setup.exe" error. It's not using the same xml installation format as some of the other Adobe packages so I can't generate a response file with --record=1. And I'm not able to find anything on Adobe's website covering a silent uninstall. Can't seem to generate a response file with a /r like on a standard Installshield setup.exe.

Has anyone successfully deployed this silently and what command did you use to silently uninstall it?

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  • Hello again guys, I have made a Batch File for Silent Uninstall of Adobe Framemaker 9, having as refference point some posts from here, on this site. The following batch file contains also a progress bar :

    SET SourceDir=%~dp0
    color 70

    call :progress 0
    echo Adobe FrameMaker 9 uninstallation is in progress, please do not close this window

    :Remove Adobe Help Viewer 2

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {150493B7-B59F-C677-F3AD-67C7E97CAAAF} /qn

    call :progress 5
    :Remove Adobe PDF Library Files CS4

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {F93C84A6-0DC6-42AF-89FA-776F7C377353} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 10
    :Remove Adobe FrameMaker Dependencies Driver

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {327642CE-0F09-4C51-A20D-46CF41E5B2CA} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 15
    :Remove Suite Shared Configuration CS4

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {D7B96D96-D9F4-40B7-B913-3D50BDD87C6F} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 20
    :Remove Adobe FrameMaker CSTI Driver

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {9E8A81B2-3A58-4A44-B8B6-292A55799344} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 25
    :Remove Adobe Setup 1

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {9E3800D9-93D8-4941-A9DF-3C3C6FBD1508} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 30
    :Remove Adobe Linguistics CS4

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {931AB7EA-3656-4BB7-864D-022B09E3DD67} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 35
    :Remove Adobe AIR

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {A2BCA9F1-566C-4805-97D1-7FDC93386723} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 40
    :Remove Adobe Setup 2

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {6BF6F138-FFFE-4588-824B-81AA3341C467} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 45
    :Remove Adobe PDF Creation Add-On 9 - Deutsch

    start /wait msiexec /x {AC76D478-1031-0000-3478-000000000004} /qn

    call :progress 50
    :Remove Adobe FrameMaker

    start "" /wait msiexec /x {B278515E-8466-4E07-B365-E654536F1273} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qn

    call :progress 95
    :Cleaning up the registry, remaining files & shortcut tree

    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adobe_20bf574378bb08d3099e85cddaea227" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adobe_644fbe48c57332e6119b31672240508" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{B278515E-8466-4E07-B365-E654536F1273}" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{9E3800D9-93D8-4941-A9DF-3C3C6FBD1508}" /f
    REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{6BF6F138-FFFE-4588-824B-81AA3341C467}" /f
    REG DELETE "HKCR\Installer\Products\831F6FB6EFFF885428B418AA33144C76" /f
    REG DELETE "HKCR\Installer\Products\9D0083E98D3914949AFDC3C3F6DB5180" /f
    REG DELETE "HKCR\Installer\Features\831F6FB6EFFF885428B418AA33144C76" /f
    REG DELETE "HKCR\Installer\Features\9D0083E98D3914949AFDC3C3F6DB5180" /f

    RMDIR /S /Q "%CommonProgramFiles(x86)%\Adobe\Installers"
    RMDIR /S /Q "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Business Applications\Adobe FrameMaker 9"
    RMDIR "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Business Applications"
    RMDIR /S /Q "%CommonProgramFiles(x86)%\Adobe\Updater6"


    SET ProgressPercent=%1
    SET /A NumBars=%ProgressPercent%/2
    SET /A NumSpaces=50-%NumBars%
    SET Meter=
    FOR /L %%A IN (%NumBars%,-1,1) DO SET Meter=!Meter!I
    FOR /L %%A IN (%NumSpaces%,-1,1) DO SET Meter=!Meter!
    TITLE Adobe FrameMaker 9 Uninstall: [%Meter%] %ProgressPercent%%%

    I mention that I thank all of you guys that posted in this topic because with these tips I managed to package Framemaker 9 in time and at the very best quality expected.
    Cheers! - ikeen 9 years ago

Answers (8)

Posted by: slb 13 years ago
Purple Belt
Does the command in the uninstall registry hive (HKLM\Software\MS\Win\CurVer\Uninstall\AppName(or)product code\Uninstall String) for this application does not help?
Posted by: flipper 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
The command in the Uninstall section of the registry points to a setup.exe file under C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Installers\...

Could not figure out any switches to make this setup.exe uninstall silently or record any kind of response file. If you go through the gui, it does uninstall fine.

I can uninstall the main Framemaker package by running a msiexec /x on the source msi, but trying to msiexec the GUIDs doesn't work. So the main program is off the system, but there's a ton of junk and subsidiary programs left there that I can't figure out how to get rid of. I guess this is going to have to do for now.

I've never liked Adobe installs, but at least the xml system for the CS apps works decently. Framemaker is completely idiotic and doesn't seem to follow any format to allow a full silent uninstall.
Posted by: AD 12 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Has anyone had any joy with a silent install/uninstall for Framemaker 9?

For the installation, I have tried using the Creative Suite Enterprise Deployment Tools (felt it was worth a try), the XML file approach and the response file approach. The only approach that seems to work for installation is using a command line like the one below - it's not ideal but it's all I have so far and I would prefer not to go down the route of attempting to package and deploy 13 different MSIs/MSTs for this application:

Setup.exe /InstallDir="C:\Program Files\Adobe\FrameMaker 9\"
/SerialNumber="1234-5678-9012-3456" /Interface_Lang="US" /Air="false" /Silent="true"
/Language="en_us" /Retain_Preferences="true"

(I have the added issue that the patch files for this product are legacy InstallShield executables but I will worry about that if I can successfully silently install & uninstall the main app)

FrameMaker 9 appears to be made up of about 13 separate installations which makes uninstall a problem. As Flipper says above, you cannot use the uninstall strings associated with the ARP for each as the MSIs cannot be run without the Setup.exe and there doesn't seem to be a silent uninstall switch associated with the Setup.exe.

Any ideas anyone?


Posted by: WiseNdMe 12 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Hi AD,

Did you manage to uninstall FrameMaker silently. I am currently working on it. How did you manage to uninstall it in your environment.
Posted by: AD 12 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Hi WiseNdMe,

I'm afraid I haven't found a solution. The client I work for has run into licensing issues and the app is effectively on hold. This has bought me some time but it's really done me no favours because I have exhausted any potential solutions (including posting on the Adobe forums and contacting Adobe directly) that I could think of without making any progress.
I am still be interested in any suggestions but at the moment I am not actively looking into a solution myself.

Posted by: Bache 12 years ago
Yellow Belt
Try this:

REM Adobe Help Viewer 2
MsiExec.exe /X{150493B7-B59F-C677-F3AD-67C7E97CAAAF} /qb

REM Adobe PDF Library Files CS4
MsiExec.exe /x{F93C84A6-0DC6-42AF-89FA-776F7C377353} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qb

REM Adobe FrameMaker Dependencies Driver
MsiExec.exe /x{327642CE-0F09-4C51-A20D-46CF41E5B2CA} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qb

REM Suite Shared Configuration CS4
MsiExec.exe /x{D7B96D96-D9F4-40B7-B913-3D50BDD87C6F} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qb

REM Adobe FrameMaker CSTI Driver
MsiExec.exe /x{9E8A81B2-3A58-4A44-B8B6-292A55799344} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qb

REM Adobe Setup
MsiExec.exe /x{9E3800D9-93D8-4941-A9DF-3C3C6FBD1508} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qb

REM Adobe Linguistics CS4
MsiExec.exe /x{931AB7EA-3656-4BB7-864D-022B09E3DD67} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qb

REM Adobe Setup
MsiExec.exe /x{6BF6F138-FFFE-4588-824B-81AA3341C467} ADOBE_SETUP=0 /qb

REM Framemaker
msiexec /x{B278515E-8466-4E07-B365-E654536F1273} /qb


REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adobe_20bf574378bb08d3099e85cddaea227" /f
REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adobe_644fbe48c57332e6119b31672240508" /f
REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{B278515E-8466-4E07-B365-E654536F1273}" /f
REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{9E3800D9-93D8-4941-A9DF-3C3C6FBD1508}" /f
REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{6BF6F138-FFFE-4588-824B-81AA3341C467}" /f
REG DELETE "HKCR\Installer\Products\831F6FB6EFFF885428B418AA33144C76" /f
REG DELETE "HKCR\Installer\Products\9D0083E98D3914949AFDC3C3F6DB5180" /f

In "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Installers" there are some Folders you can also remove.

It's not very clean, but it's good enough to reinstall Framework 9 after doing this.

@Adobe: Great work guys
Posted by: Lacha 12 years ago
Yellow Belt
i don't want to insatall the Adobe PDF Creation Add-On 9, when i'm installing Adobe FrameMaker 9.0, Please provide me any silen swithes or arguments not to avoid installing the add-on
Posted by: Rheuvel 12 years ago
Brown Belt
You already asked your question here: http://itninja.com/question/adobe-premiere-pro-1.56

Reviving old threads with the same question isn't going to help....
Rating comments in this legacy AppDeploy message board thread won't reorder them,
so that the conversation will remain readable.

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